Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Thanksgiving
10 Thanksgiving gave birth to TV dinners
Some estimates of the number of turkeys devoured by the American people in 1953 were greatly exaggerated. After the Thanksgiving celebrations were completed, there was almost 260 tonnes of frozen turkey flesh. Gerry Thomas designed a straightforward production line with 5000 aluminium trays and female workers. He got the idea from airport cuisine and began stuffing the trays with turkey and accompanying sides—peas, sweet potato, and cornbread, to be exact. As a result of Mr. Thomas’s invention, the first TV dinner was created, and the American populace has been lazing around with dinner plates ever since.
9 Franklin Roosevelt tried to change the date
During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that Thanksgiving be held one week sooner than normal. It was an attempt to promote store sales, most likely for the Christmas season, but consumers weren’t having it. Protests erupted, and people began calling each other names. The mayor of Atlantic City purposefully announced two holidays: “Franksgiving” and “Thanksgiving.” The Americans squabbled and gobbled for two years until Congress overturned the decision in 1941 and designated the 4th Thursday of November a national holiday.
8 What exactly is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving may appear to be a forerunner to Christmas, but it is actually a festival to thank God for the previous season’s crops. It may have religious roots and dates back to the 1600s (or so the Americans claim). There is considerable debate about when it originally happened, but most historians believe that it was in 1621 when the Dutch settlers—the Pilgrims—first celebrated harvest. Massachusetts was the location at the time. It progressively extended across America until it was designated a national holiday by President George Washington in 1789. Thanksgiving is not observed by many Native Americans, and this is understandable.
7 What happens on Thanksgiving?
There are additional traditions associated with Thanksgiving, such as people gathering from all across the country to eat and rejoice together. All Thanksgiving feasts revolve on the turkey. As the main meal, the other dishes will swirl around it. The meat is stuffed, and pumpkin pie is served as a customary dessert. Americans have a sweet potato desire, which is referred to as yams. Many locations also have Thanksgiving parades. The most renowned of them is the Macy’s parade in New York. It includes up to three hours of helium balloons, costumes, and floats. American football is another long-standing tradition, and it is virtually always a contest between NFL teams.
6 Nursery Rhyme “Mary had a Little Lamb” is connected to Thanksgiving
Sarah Josepha Hale didn’t write it on Thanksgiving, but there is another intriguing relationship between the two. Miss Hale spent 17 years writing letters to the authorities after creating the well-known nursery rhyme. The entire campaign asked that the government recognise Thanksgiving as a national holiday, as well as a national holiday to commemorate the occasion. Abraham Lincoln did not acknowledge Thanksgiving as a national holiday until over two decades later, in 1863, when he issued a proclamation. By merging the weekend and Friday, the holiday now affords people all around America four holidays. Have a wonderful vacation!
5 The Turkey isn’t Turkey
Though the Turkey has layers upon layers of poultry, it is not only the huge bird. A turkey layer is stuffed with duck, which is then packed with chicken. So, on Thanksgiving, it’s practically Turduckens for everyone. Surprisingly, Turkey was not served as the main entrée in the original supper. It was largely fish, lobsters, eels, and oysters, with some wild turkey thrown in for good measure. This developed into the high-calorie tofu variant, which entailed deep frying “deep-fried Turkey.” That is most likely where the founder of KFC got his inspiration.
4 The tradition is not “original” rather “aboriginal”
Thanksgiving was originally intended to be a fast rather than a feast. The pilgrims who had settled in Plymouth at the time wished to mark the occasion with prayers and fasting. This leads us to assume it has religious roots as well. Why didn’t it work out like that? The Native Americans celebrated the three days with their typical dance, eating, and singing, since the culture was still developing at the time. Oh, yes, the humming and bonfires, the evening stories and cooked marshmallows all originate here.
3 It was also celebrated in Britain
Because of the strict religious rituals in Great Britain, the Pilgrims who came to the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving actually departed the country. Remember the days when the Church wielded enormous power? Nonetheless, almost 3,500 American soldiers were allowed to Westminster Abbey in London in 1942, when they packed the seats and sung “America, the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It occurred during World War II, and the event was ironic in that it took place in the identical cathedral that the Pilgrims had escaped from.
2 Thanksgiving has its history of evolution
President Thomas Jefferson dismissed the concept of a Thanksgiving holiday as “ridiculous,” while Benjamin Franklin sought to designate the turkey the United States’ national bird. Why? We don’t know, but we can only guess that he desired and enjoyed the flavour. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, but it took another century and a half for all thirteen colonies to come together to commemorate the holiday. That happened in October of 1777. In 1789, George Washington declared the day a national holiday. This begs the question: what did Abraham Lincoln do? The ancient custom was “recognised” by him.
1 Black Friday is not a part of Thanksgiving
For the appropriate reasons, this point is at the top of our list. Black Friday is “the day following Thanksgiving,” which signifies that Christmas is approaching, and all of the country’s department stores embraced it as such. In the 1930s, this caused a stir since what retailers and businesspeople were doing was essentially advertising for the Christmas shopping season, but consumers associated it with Thanksgiving Day (just like us!). This prompted President FDK to attempt, but failed, to modify the date.